Custom Boxes for Next Level Marketing

It's not a stretch to say that designing custom boxes is kind of our thing. 

Customization can mean many thing, and varies from product to product. For some customers, it might just mean integrating aspects of their brand in the colors and printing design for the package. And for others, it might be a total reimagining of an existing box structure.

But it doesn't matter what premise our customers are starting from, it's about where we can take it. Having the vision for designing something that brings together seemingly disparate elements to create a cohesive package is something we take a lot of pride in being to do. And one of the most popular box styles - the cigar box - is a great starting point for building off of.

Custom Boxes Make the Difference

A cigar box is, on the surface, exactly what you imagine. Flap top, hard sides, maybe wrapped or turned style edges. But level it up to meet your marketing needs. 

Add a magnet for closure. A soft touch lamination. Embossing or debossing. It's immediately a lot more appealing, and a lot more than just a cigar box now. Take a look at the example to the side. In this product, designed for human resources company ADP, we created a promotional marketing piece that combines several box styles like our mag box, the cigar box premise, and more. While the functionality is clear, the design adds another element of customization. ADP has unique content and a clear sense of design. Combined, those factors help us understand their vision and how designing custom boxes aids that vision.

Packaging & Your Custom Marketing Plan

Modern marketing has many faucets. Analytics, social media, traditional print and beyond. Where does packaging figure in?

We'd argue that packaging design should be in the forefront of any marketing plan, whether your business is customer facing or B2B. When you look at your organization's collateral, what's the impression it gives off? If the impression is along the lines of, 'We need some custom boxes ASAP!' we're here for you.

Talk design ideas with our team or look over our marketing packages for inspiration. We'll be waiting!

Designing Sustainable Cosmetic Packaging

Sustainability is a big topic these days. As the world becomes more conscious of the effect that our waste has on... Well, just about everything, the more interested consumers and organizations are in different initiatives. Zero waste, carbon neutral, and other environmentally-friendly terms are becoming more and more common. Cosmetic packaging is one industry that is working to meet these concerns in a different way. 

The Sustainable Packaging Initiative for CosmEtics (SPICE) launched recently. Cofounded by L'Oreal, its primary focus is simple: shaping the future of sustainable beauty and cosmetic packaging across the industry.

The State of Cosmetic Packaging

While Sunrise has yet to create any customized sustainable cosmetic packaging for customers, we're looking forward to the partnership. In our current design mode, we work primarily with customers on concepts and designs. SPICE has created a tool that *grades* the sustainability of packaging on a spectrum of metrics. It brings ecodesign into the overall design process in a seamless way. 

The tool consists of an interface designed for cosmetic packaging engineers. It can calculate the footprint of packaging layer by layer, provide an overview of its environmental impact, and more. It can also allow for variants and simulations within a packaging design build. Overall, it's a malleable tool that can have far reaching impact.

The Future of Sustainable Packaging

Sustainable packaging efforts have varying struggles based on the industry. A tool, like the one SPICE created, can make it easier than ever for organizations to see their impact and make changes. And we know that it's not an overnight process to change. Like many other packaging companies, Sunrise is new to the sustainability game, and relies on consumers to lead the charge. But, as always, we're ready for the challenge!

If you're ready to engage Sunrise on a new cosmetic packaging initiative, let us know. Reach out to our team today!

Sample Kit Case Study

We often think of a sample kit as a way to introduce people to a new product. But sometimes, it's part of a strategy to reintroduce folks to a brand.

Bose is a well-known brand (to put it mildly). Words like quality and innovative are synonymous with their products. But in recent years, an increase in competition has led them to rethink their strategy.

Sample Kit Design

You're getting ready to listen to some music - what are you using?

There are a few choices these days. Maybe you said Air Pods, or Beats by Dre. Pods, buds, or over ear headphones, there's no lack of options nowadays for music. This is where Bose opted to revitalize their marketing strategy, and worked with us to create a sample kit for their flagship product. 

The sample kit we designed with them is a cigar style box with soft Nuba wrap, popping with 4 color printing in their trademark brand. The die cut sleeve teases a glimpse of the color, and adds a pop of flair to the kit. Overall, the effect is classic and enticing.

Where a Sample Kit Fits in an OmniChannel Campaign

Sample kits play an important part in any omnichannel marketing campaign. They're the perfect point to pull together the messaging and graphics utilized via media outlets. By balancing branding and marketing, sample kits can be used to reach influencers, the target market, and beyond, all while reinforcing a brand built on high quality products. 

Creating custom boxes for Bose is an important project on a big stage. But at Sunrise, we bring our A game to projects of every size. Are you looking to revitalize your brand? Whatever the scale, we can help. Give our sales team a call to get started.

Brand Investment & Packaging

Making a brand investment is a great way to bring value to your organization. And we'd argue that one of the most effective implementations is in packaging. 

Packaging covers a wide area, we know. It might be a product your organization sells that needs a rebrand. It could be your new employee materials need a new binder. At Sunrise Packaging, we can help craft a wide variety of packaging solutions. We'll integrate your branding into our design to help you create a cohesive look for internal as well as external packages.

Brand Investment Improves Packaging

Brands and packaging styles alike are subject to trends. Think of the change in how businesses present themselves over the past decade. Minimalism, flat colors, badge logos, sanserif fonts... The list goes on. If your brand is a bit old fashioned, or simply not as dynamic as it could be, a brand investment could be a wise investment for your company.

Your brand revamp needs to be reflected in your company's packaging. Internal and external. It's an important way to market the organization to customers and for your employees to feel invested in the new brand elements. Sunrise can help facilitate this refresh in more ways than one.

Bring Out the Brand

A brand investment equals a packaging refresh. Ar Sunrise, we can help you redesign or maybe completely redo boxes. Look at implementing high end finishing touches, or a new color palette and typefaces. Whatever is encompassed in your revised brand, let us figure out how it affects your packaging needs.

Blank Boxes Provide a Branding Opportunity

There are a lot of reasons that a marketing department might want to opt for flexibility in their materials, including marketing kits or custom gift boxes.  Blank boxes aren't a common request at Sunrise Packaging, but we have the capacity to help create a malleable box style that can be easily customized for whatever use it be put toward. 

Don't be put off by the term 'blank boxes,' either. Sunrise can create a base box style that is hardy, sturdy and secure, leaving the next level of customization up to you and your organization.

Blank Boxes are Perfect for Promos, Sales, and More

In the example to the side, you can see how we worked with an organization to create a custom, two-piece setup box that provides value and recognition. It's as close to a blank slate as a box can get, from a literal perspective. 

Traditionally, an organization might come to us with their content for the box prepared. From taglines to social media handles to instructions, most boxes start with an intent of what it's going to hold. But there's another approach that works just as well, and that's to start from the opposite end. Create a box that can be used in multiple ways, and utilize different customization tactics as necessary. Organizations can use stickers or decals to further customize the box, capitalizing on earlier decisions like size, color and lamination.

Check out some of these ideas for enhanced personalization for blank boxes, like stickers, inserts and more.

Easing Brand and Budget Concerns

Budget and brand uncertainty can be another reason that blank boxes are preferred by some organizations. It's cheaper to purchase boxes in bulk, and less customization also lowers the price as well. If your brand is in limbo for any reason - a possible logo redesign, or other change coming--but packaging is needed, it can be ideal to stick with something simple. 

Whatever your reasons might be for requesting blank boxes, Sunrise has got you covered. We can help create something that is higher quality than a bulk production site, but still flexible enough for your needs. Talk to our sales team today!

Custom Box Design in Minnesota

Custom box design is something we not only love, but take seriously at Sunrise Packaging.

Our approach is founded in common sense and experience. When anyone encounters an interesting package, their curiosity is automatically piqued. The packaging doesn't have to be unnecessarily tricky, the closure particularly unique. It's a closed box; sometimes, that's all we need to get our imagination flowing.  Our job is to get the user excited for your product.

We accomplish this by using some of our tried and true methods to create great customized packaging. When it comes to a box, it's not always *just* a box.

Delivering More Than a Package: Custom Box Design

Custom Size

It's practically passed into cliche to talk about how to maneuver square pegs into round holes. Yet, when it comes to packaging, there's a kind of "single size fits all" mentality that drives organizations to buy boxes in bulk. While we recognize there's no harm in that approach, there's also not much to gain, either. Part of the pleasure of custom box design is derived from the fit. Perfect, every time. In the example to the side, we created this box for Rheem as a thank-you to their customers.   While the image might distort the size, it's a large box at 24 inches by 22 inches and 8 inches deep.

Just like any bespoke product, a box that's made specifically for your product will always do the job it's designed to do: make your product shine.

Custom Inserts

In the final picture above, you can just see the inside of the box with the custom foam inserts inside. We talk a lot about presentation packaging at Sunrise, and this project is a perfect example. Presentation packaging can focus on the external features, but it's also about how a product (or products) lay inside the custom box design as well. As we mentioned above, everyone wants to be dazzled by an unopened box. Make sure that the reality lives up to expectations with a little padding inside your package.

Custom Finishing

Presentation is all about appearances, and ensuring that your box presents well to customers is key. Yes, the focal point is what's inside the package. But that doesn't mean you get to ignore the outside.

We love this example above because it's simple yet stunning. The brand pops out at the viewer, and while you can't touch it through the screen, it's wrapped in soft Nuba paper. Great packaging engages multiple senses; this one does not disappoint on multiple fronts.

What's Your Custom Box Style?

Just like people, boxes and organizations have personalities. What do you want yours to say?

Sunrise can help develop it. Contact our team today!

Custom Magnet Boxes for a New Era

It doesn't matter the age. It doesn't matter the intelligence. Sometimes it doesn't even matter what the product is. The fact is, custom magnet boxes are loved by everyone. 

If we had to put a reason as to why, it probably boils down to the same reason we've talked about before: magnets are just cool. And super versatile. Nearly any box style we produce can be modified to include magnetic closure. Sometimes in the form of a flap, or otherwise, depending on the packaging style. 

And when we say that nearly every product's packaging is enhanced by magnets, we're not kidding. Check out this piece we created for Haute Smokes. Haute Smokes is a California start-up focused on one of the hottest up-and-coming legalized markets: cannabis. 

Custom Magnet Boxes as Cannabis Kits

When California legalized marijuana in early 2018, the floodgates opened. Not only does this stand to turn into a multi-billion dollar industry (in no time at all), it's one that provides opportunities across the business spectrum. One way in which this is helping to boost business is in products like these. 

Cannabis kits and smoking accessories will only grow in popularity and demand as more and more states move to legalize pot. Haute Smokes is on the cutting edge of the market. And they know that it's smart to start with expectations high, especially when positioning their product as sophisticated and glamorous. Custom magnet boxes are the ticket to providing users with an experience before they even view the product. 

Designed to evoke Old Hollywood elegance, Haute Smokes products are for customers who want to not only engage in an experience, but make an impression. And we're excited to be able to design packaging that reflects that.

Customers are immediately treated to the visual experience: art deco-style lettering, embossed with gold. The matte black packaging ensures an immediate impact. The touch of the packaging is soft, with clean lines and crisp wrapping. And upon opening, with the *snap* of the magnet, they're treated to a beautiful product. 

The magnetic closure is really just one part of the overall experience when it comes to packaging. The secret is to make it subtle--and then surprising. 

Custom Magnet Boxes In Any Element

Using custom magnetic boxes is a surefire way to engage users. In an age where customer experience is paramount to earning repeat business, it pays to consider every option. And in our experience, magnets can make that sale. 

Interested in learning more? Contact us today!

Custom Promo Boxes & 2018 Trends

Like any industry, custom promo boxes are subject to trends. Take a look through the different ages to get an idea of what was acceptable (or rather, expected) packaging from just a decade ago. You'll see that it's changed, in every way from shipping time to box design.  But what makes this interesting is the nostalgia factor we see creeping into 2018 trends.

More on that later. 

Customers are looking for some key things when it comes to their packaging needs. They want sturdy custom boxes, a personalized experience and, if shipping online, they want it fast. Different markets respond differently to these base demands, but below we include some tips on the most enduring and prominent trends we're seeing. 

Trends of Custom Promo Boxes

Packaging Longevity

We've commented on this before, but it's a recurring factor: we can order from any corner of the globe and have it in our home within days. It's truly amazing. Yet these distances can have adverse effects on organic products, like first aid items and medicines. Packaging needs to withstand the trials of travel.

"Unboxing" & Social 

One of the top YouTube categories for kids right now is unboxing toys. Yes, you read that correctly. It's people recording themselves unboxing toys. Not necessarily playing with them, or sharing them, or anything else - narrating their experience taking them out of the box. And it's not just toys, you can find unboxings for nearly anything on YouTube and beyond on Instagram, Reddit, and more. 

It's important to note that upcoming generations, even more so than the current ones, will be critically looking at packaging styles, containers, and above all, personalization.

Nostalgia

Nostalgia sells. Whether it's garish unicorn-emblazoned Trapper Keepers or Coca-Cola in glass bottles, people are attracted to things that remind them of memories wrapped with happiness. Best of all for packaging design, it's relatively easy to add in a throwback font in design, as well as utilize materials or designs that are evocative of a time past like kraft packing paper or other custom inserts. 

Bring Us Your Ideas

While we do believe that trends should help inform any packaging decisions, we also want to create innovative solutions. Bring us your ideas and your needs, and let's create something perfect for your product. 

Unconventional Set Up Boxes

Using the term "set up boxes" might make sense to you or it might not. If you're not attuned to the packaging industry, it probably doesn't mean much. But that's where we like to take the chance to educate you.

A setup box consists of two pieces. In layman's terms, a top and bottom. The bottom is usually made of strong chipboard with a custom wrap on it. Otherwise known as turned edge, this stylish finish can take on different elements depending on your needs. The top fits snugly over the bottom. Also made of chipboard, it slides on and off easily; you've no doubt encountered this style as it's often used for game boxes, smartphones, and more.  

As you look through our two piece set-up box gallery, you will see the unlimited potential of this customized box style. Sunrise just completed an interesting variation for Findlay Technologies. 

Set Up Boxes By Design

Confused? Look closer. 

By design, this might appear to be another cardboard package delivered by any mail service. Once you read the address label, it becomes clear that this isn't just another mailing box. While pictures don't quite do it justice, the feel of the box gives it away as something special as well. 

You can't quite tell, but these are set-up boxes. The boxes are wrapped with a digitally printed / matte lamination material. From the corners, you can just the turned edge finishing on them. 

We love the unconventionality of this box. It takes multiple sets of expectations and flips them, creating a sense of surprise and fun the for the recipient. Here's what we mean.

Expectation #1: It's just a plain cardboard box 

But from that first touch, the customer realizes that it isn't. Part of engaging users is finding ways to engage their senses, and with this design and style, they're all in.  And once they open the box, they're treated to even more potential customization. Thermoformed trays, custom inserts, the sky's the limit. 

Expectation #2: It's just another set up box

Using a design that usurps expectations helps engage users, but it also illustrates different features of a particular packaging style. While these setup boxes share characteristics with others, the content and design are what set it apart.  Set up boxes lend themselves well to a variety of finishing options. And their hardcover durability makes them trustworthy packaging for nearly any product. 

Design Maketh the Set-Up Box

So the lesson that we learn from this? Taking the time to figure out the overall effect you want your packaging to have helps determine the right box style and the right design.  Taking something seemingly conventional, like setup boxes, and turning them into something truly unconventional, is a challenge we love taking up. Contact Sunrise today to talk through your needs and ideas for your set up boxes!

Offset Printing For Your Custom Box Project

When it comes to packaging, most people might not pay much attention to the printing. Whether it's offset printing, or digital, or screen, it's probably not registered unless they're in the business. At least, they aren't noticing it consciously.

While the integrity of a custom box is the most important element when it comes to product safety, design is up next when it comes to drawing customer attention. Appealing to the five senses is a powerful way to create sentiment with customers. Particularly sight and touch.  This is why choosing your printing style wisely is important. And it's why we usually  suggest offset printing. 

What is Offset Printing?

Offset printing is a style of printing that's known for producing the highest possible printing quality. It allows for the greatest detail as well as color fidelity, and it works well with a variety of custom finishes. 

The example to the right is a custom magnet box created for DP Derm. We used offset printing which enhances the spot UV print used on the logo and the wave graphic. While you can't touch it through the screen, the soft touch lamination applied to the offset printed wrap is irresistable. These different features could be used with other styles of printing as well. But when it comes to creating something truly special for customers, it's best to indulge in truly luxurious options. And those options are best showcased by offset printing.

Other Printing Styles for Custom Boxes

We've mentioned some of the other types of printing Sunrise often uses for projects. They include: 

  • Digital Printing
    Faster and less expensive than offset printing, digital printing allows for quick turnaround and allows users to change the modify the output easily. 
  • Screen Printing
    Also called silkscreen or seriography, screen printing is usually used on binders and sometimes on boxes.

These different options all serve different needs, and Sunrise representatives can help you decide which one is best for your project. 

In addition to printing options, the possibilities for finishings is even greater. From foil stamping to debossing and print coatings, there's something to enhance every project. 

Contact Us!

Contact us today to get started on your next custom packaging project!